Oh boy!! FINALLY get to see a Bollywood film in a theater and THIS is the one it turns out to be! What a disappointment, but then I've never had good luck when it comes to Abhishek Bachchan's films and I'm beginning to understand why so many people complain about him being both stiff and hammy at the same time. (I used to think that those two things were mutually exclusive.) The acting is barely adequate and there is virtually no chemistry between Bachchan and his beautiful co-star Aishwarya Rai, which is strange since they are married to each other in real life. This is the 4th film of Bachchan's films that I've seen and with each one I like him less and less. To be honest, the only time I've enjoyed seeing him on film at all was a cameo in OM SHANTI OM in which he played a caricature of himself.
The film was disappointing on almost every other level as well. From the title RAAVAN I was expecting a film that was in some way a retelling of the Ramayana and that is sort of what I got, but I was hoping for more of a period piece because I'm a sucker for costume flix. No dice, this one is definitely contemporary with Vikram playing a cop (the Ram character) out to rescue his wife in this version played by Aishwarya Rai who has been kidnapped by Raavan, Bachchan of course. The script seemed weak and undeveloped considering the rich source material it had to draw from, and the direction was uninspired. The worst part for me was that the music (always a prime concern in Bollywood films) wasn't given a fair shake. In fact the best song was over almost before it had begun which was extremely disheartening. On the plus side there is some beautiful scenery and the cinematographic does an excellent job of capturing it. If it hadn't been for the scenery I might very well have given this film 2 stars.